Hands-on Plants Adult Workshops

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Hands-on Plants Adult Workshops

Relax in front of the fireplace in our pavilion with some light refreshments and a glass of wine while you get your hands on plants this season creating decorations for your home, inside and out! All workshops end with you taking home your creation and all workshops led by Monk Gardens horticulturist, Marissa Ashbeck.


Members: $40 per class (watch your email for your member code!)
Non-members: $45 per class
Ages: 21+

Registration will open in August!

These events are all outdoors, please dress for the weather.

Vaccinated?  then you do not need to wear a mask.

Unvaccinated?  Then you should wear a mask.

September 14th - Grapevine Wreaths
Look around you, do you see all of the resources in nature? Take a walk about the gardens with Marissa to gather grape vines to create a seasonal wreath. As you form a wreath out of the vines, you will be able decorate it with natural elements for Fall decorating. Bring your creativity to make a beautiful masterpiece for your door.


October 12th- Horseradish Making
It’s digging time! As the growing season starts to wind down, and the frost starts to appear, root crops can be harvested. Horseradish roots are commonly dug in the Fall, and we are going to teach you how to prepare this pungent delight. Come ready to learn! You will learn about the Horseradish plant and the cultural practices that go along with growing this perennial in your garden. We will be washing, peeling, grinding, processing and canning a prepared horseradish. You will be able to take home a jar of your own prepared horseradish to compliment your dishes.


November 16th- Porch Pots
Decorate your containers for the holiday season before the snow starts to fly! Create a holiday porch pot to take with you and learn how to make your existing containers festive. We will be using natural elements collected from the gardens to create stunning arrangements.


November 23rd- Gnomes
Hey gnomies! Let’s make some festive evergreen gnomes to accent your outdoor holiday decor. The three foot gnomes will be assembled using tomato cages adorned with spruce and pine boughs, along with hats, mittens and noses. Gnomes are the perfect way to spruce up your home!


November 30th-Wreath Making
Get ready for an evening of crafting and relaxation. We will sit back with a festive warm drink to create an 18” balsam wreath by hand. We will be assembling the wreaths with balsam tips, along with other natural elements to create a gorgeous wreath that you can be proud of.


December 7th- Kissing Balls
Throughout history, kissing balls were hung over entryways as a beacon for blessings and good tidings to all who walked underneath it. Kissing balls are making a comeback in holiday traditions because of their natural beauty and good fortune. You will learn how to make a decorated kissing ball using evergreen tips and various other stems. Take home this beautiful feature to decorate your entryway for the holiday season.

December 14th- Holiday Centerpieces
Everyone needs a holiday centerpiece to complete their holiday place setting! Come and learn how to create and care for a beautiful holiday centerpiece using evergreens, dogwoods, dried flowers and berries. You will be able to take home your arrangement to show off during the holidays.

Questions?  Email Elise Schuler at eschuler@monkgardens.org